Review: Nanny’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce and BBQ Sauce
Please note: This review has been completed by another guest reviewer from Canada
“Cook your food with attitude”
Ingredients: Organic onions, water, organic soy sauce (organic soybeans, organic wheat, salt), organic green onions, organic hickory smoke flavor, garlic, habanero peppers, distilled vinegar, allspice, salt, caramel colour, organic evaporated cane juice, thyme, chili powder
Allergens: Contains wheat and soy
Jamaican Jerk (Mild)
Ingredients: Organic Onions, Water, Organic Soy Sauce (Organic Soybeans, Organic Wheat, Salt), Organic Green Onions, Hickory Smoke Flavor, Garlic, Distilled Vinegar, Habanero Peppers, Allspice, Salt, Caramel Color, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Thyme, Chili Powder.
What is Jerk?
Jerk is the term we use in Jamaica for a marinade and grilling style that tenderizes, spices, and smokes beef, poultry, pork, and fish, using a unique blend of Caribbean herbs and spices.
It is said that the term jerk comes from the word charqui, a Spanish term for “jerked” or dried meat, which eventually became jerky in English.
I say the Spanish stole the term from us, then the English stole it from them
L to R: Nanny’s BBQ & Dipping Sauce and Nanny’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce
Immediately, I was struck by the thick, even consistency of the BBQ & Dipping Sauce as a deep hickory, if not slightly vinegary, scent emanated. Just the way BBQ sauce should be, if you ask me.
Comparatively, the Jerk Marinade was naturally more oily and uneven, but I found it separated more than most jerk marinades that I’ve tried.
That said, the aroma was deliciously infused with jerk spices and I figured a couple of hours marinating would be perfect.
Grilling the chicken properly proved more challenging than expected when I found the jerk marinade was not sticking to the chicken as well as I’d have liked. I had to spoon it on for better coverage. The BBQ sauce was perfect for grilling, though, and layered well with basting on the grille.
Nanny’s Jerk Marinade
Packaging 8/10 ““ Nanny’s penetrating eyes dare you to try it
Aroma 8.0/10 ““ Spicy and jerky Appearance
6/10 ““ Too much separation
Taste 7/10 ““ Solid jerk flavour
Heat 4/10 ““ Not very hot
Overall 6.5/10 ““ Decent jerk marinade but nothing to write to your nanny about
BBQ & Dipping Sauce
Packaging 8/10 ““ Nanny and those eyes
Aroma 9/10 ““ Deep aroma with heavy hickory undertones
Appearance 9/10 ““ Brown, thick and consistent
Taste 8/10 ““ Hickory flavour with a little kick
Heat 4/10 ““ Not very hot at all
Overall 8.5/10 ““ A flavourful and thick BBQ sauce that has a hint of Jamaican flair
What’s So Special About That Lady on The Bottle?
The image on our label represents Cordel’s ancestor, Nanny of the Maroons. Nanny was a legendary freedom fighter for Africans who were enslaved and brought to Jamaica by the British. Because her image appears on Jamaican currency we were unable to trademark it.
Yet, it was very important to us that the image on our label be “real”. So we commissioned a forensic artist to create an age progression image of Cordel and Diane’s daughter (the little girl on the side of the label). The lady on label is in fact, a grown-up version of that little girl.
Nanny’s Jamaican Kitchen
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers